Oxford Studies on the Book of Common Prayer (2 vols.)

Oxford University Press, 2006–2011
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Overview

The Book of Common Prayer holds a key place in Christian history. It has had an indelible influence on Christianity in and outside of the Anglican Church, from marriages and funerals, to creeds and liturgy. These two volumes provide a world-class scholarly introduction to the rich history and significance of this prayer book.

Brian Cummings’ volume brings together the 1549, 1559, and 1662 version of the Book of Common Prayer, providing a panorama of the Christian history of England from the Reformation to the twentieth century. Cummings explains the significance of the book for everyday life and the history of the English language and its literature, and includes a comprehensive set of notes and complete technical glossary. Charles Hefling and Cynthia Shattuck’s Oxford Guide lays out a path that will enable any reader, Anglican or otherwise, to learn why the Book of Common Prayer is a classic of liturgy and literature.

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Key Features

  • Lays out a path for all readers to understand the Book of Common Prayer’s significance
  • Includes the 1549, 1559, and 1662 version of the Book of Common Prayer
  • Provides a panorama of the Christian history of England from the Reformation to the twentieth century

Product Details

Individual Titles

The Book of Common Prayer: The Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662

  • Editor: Brian Cummings
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 880

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Brian Cummings volume is a unique edition of the Book of Common Prayer that brings together the texts of three different versions—1549, 1559, and 1662—to provide a panorama of the history of ritual in England from the Reformation to the twentieth century. This is the first edition for the common reader, regardless of religious background, providing full notes and a comprehensive glossary of vocabulary and technical terms.

Cummings’ introduction explains the historical significance of the book and the controversial process by which it was put together and revised, the changes to the test from the Reformation to the Restoration of the monarchy and the 1662 version, and the significance of the book for everyday life and the history of the English language and its literature. He also includes full explanatory notes include historical discussion of the origins of baptism, communion, the controversial meaning of gestures, words, and the doctrinal and political arguments which have accompanied the different versions.

Brian Cummings is professor of English in the Centre for Literature and Philosophy at the University of Sussex.

The Oxford Guide to The Book of Common Prayer: A Worldwide Survey

  • Editors: Charles Hefling and Cynthia Shattuck
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 640

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This survey includes contributions from every major Christian denomination. They examine the Book of Common Prayer’s texts on Daily Prayers, the Eucharist, Marriage and Funerals, and many others. The text lays out a path that will enable any reader, Anglican or otherwise, to learn why the Book of Common Prayer is a classic of liturgy and literature.

It is well conceived physically, graced with both illustrations of historic prayer books and text boxes from the liturgies being discussed, which are a significant help to the reader. This authoritative guide to the Book of Common Prayer as it once was and has now become will well serve anyone interested in Anglicanism or the prayer book tradition.

Christian Century

To understand the phenomenon of Anglicanism we need to understand the prayer book—in its original setting and in its many transformations. I cannot think of a better and more comprehensive resource than this collection of expert discussions in helping us learn more of what Anglicanism has given to the literary heritage of Christianity and culture alike.

Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

Monumental and magnificent! This guide makes clear why the Book of Common Prayer is both a religious and a literary masterpiece. To say any less than that of this volume would be to misrepresent it; to say more would be to diminish its stature.

Phyllis Tickle, founding editor, Publishers Weekly Religion Department

Charles Hefling is associate professor of theology at Boston College.

Cynthia Shattuck is an independent author and publisher, and the author of Confronted by God: The Essential Verna Dozier. She received an honorary PhD from the Episcopal Divinity School.

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